It’s always exciting exploring architecture inside foreign towns and cities but you don’t often get a good look at international schools. And, it seems, there are some pretty impressive schools across the world that exhibit some of the finest architecture. They’re also particularly luxury boasting features and locations you’d kill to have on your doorstep. Elaine Stallard (CEO of Winter’s International School Finder) has picked ten of the most spectacular schools from across the globe for Good Things and you won’t believe some of the facilities and activities available to their fortunate students…
1 The British International School, Phuket
The British International School, Phuket (BISP) is an English-medium, co-educational, day and boarding school, established in 1996. The impressive 44-acre campus has eight boarding houses. The student population consists of 850 day and boarding students, with 60 nationalities represented.
The GT factor: The sports facilities include swimming pools, tennis courts, football pitches and even a gold centre.
2 Concordia International School, Shanghai
Concordia International School, Shanghai, is an international private Christian school based in Pudong. The school’s launch in 1998 followed considerable research and numerous requests from the Hong Kong corporate community for a school. Since opening with just 22 students, Concordia now has more than 1,200 between the ages of three and 18 years old.
The GT factor: Just look at the exquisite architecture
3 The New York International School, New York
The New York International School educates American and international students between the ages of two and 13, offering an American curriculum with an international outlook.
The GT factor: The school campus is located in a historic landmark building on the Upper East Side’s ‘Museum Mile’, right next to Central Park, which promises some fantastic opportunities for learning and outdoor experiences.
4 John F. Kennedy International School, Switzerland
Located in the beautiful Gstaad area of Switzerland, John F. Kennedy International School is an English-language, co-educational international boarding and day school for around 60 students between the ages of four and 14 years old. Established in 1971, the school offers a family-like atmosphere, a clear international philosophy and a rich programme of sports and activities.
The GT factor: Their programme includes daily skiing in winter.
5 Hout Bay International School, Cape Town
Hout Bay International School was established in 1999 and now educates some 370 boys and girls between the ages of three-and-a-half and 18. The school is proudly South African, embodying an international outlook and the spirit of ‘ubuntu’ – compassion and humanity. Located just 20 minutes from Cape Town, this new state-of-the-art campus was completed in 2013.
The GT factor: It’s surrounded by mountains and the sea. Imagine – a school by the seaside.
6 Aljezur International School, Portugal
Located a short distance from the town of Aljezur in the western Algarve, Portugal, Aljezur International School provides secondary education taught in English for 10 to 17 year olds, following the Cambridge international syllabus.
The GT factor: This school is situated inside a large converted farmhouse along with a large annexe and four hectares of land with a river running through it.
7 International School Moshi, Tanzania
The main campus of International School Moshi was founded in 1969. The second Arusha campus opened in 1986 and moved to its current location, in the foothills of Mt Meru, in 1996. The combined school now teaches more than 500 students between the ages three and 19 from more than 40 countries, including 150 boarders at the Moshi campus.
The GT factor: The main campus is situated on the slopes of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro
8 Oslo International School, Norway
Situated in Bekkestua, Norway, the Oslo International School educates around 600 day students aged three to 19, representing 44 countries. The original 1960s buildings were substantially updated in 2009 to create a visually impressive and modern campus designed around the needs of the different age groups taught at the school.
The GT factor: We love the design of this state-of-the-art school.
9 Wells International School, Thailand
Starting with just four kindergarten students in 1998, the Wells International School, Thailand has since grown to its current enrolment of 750 students aged from four to 19 on three campuses in Bangkok. It serves around 480 primary and secondary students.
The GT factor: The sports facilities on the Nut Campus shown below are just some of the impressive features of this school.
10 The Green School, Bali
Established in 2008, The Green School, Bali is an international school catering for students aged three to 16. Its curriculum is focused on sustainability and the environment. The school caters for some 400 students from 32 countries, offering a unique education in one of the most amazing settings imaginable.
The GT factor: The school’s campus is comprised of a dozen bamboo buildings (pictured below)
11 Harrow International School, Hong Kong
Harrow International School, Hong Kong is a British international boarding and day school in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong. Affiliated to Harrow School in the UK, it was the first British boarding school in Hong Kong and the third Harrow-family school in Asia. The co-educational campus serves around 1100 students from Early Years to Sixth Form, with boarding available for girls and boys from Year 6.
The GT factor: Newly built and opened in 2012, this school’s facilities are as modern as it gets.